Ducks and unicorns and gnomes, oh my!

So for the past few weeks we’ve been getting to know a little more about our amazing speakers who are headlining our Web & PHP Conference this September in San Jose. Today, it’s time to get to know Frédéric Harper.

So without further ado…


In the IT world for more than 10 years, Frédéric Harper started as a developer working with different technologies focusing on Web, and mobile development. One day, Frédéric got a revelation, and decided to use his social skills to be an Evangelist. He spent a few years showing the Openness of Microsoft talking about Open Source, Web standards, and Interoperability. Now, as a Senior Technical Evangelist at Mozilla, Fred shares his passion about the Open Web, and help developers be successful with Firefox OS. Experienced speaker, t-shirts wearer, long-time blogger, passionate hugger, and HTML5 lover, Fred live in Montréal, and speak Frenglish. Always conscious about the importance of unicorns, and gnomes, you can read about these topics, and other thoughts on his website.

1. Describe what we can expect from your talk at Web & PHP Con in 140 characters.
You’ll go out from my sessions with a new way of thinking about the Web, and how you’ll build your websites as your web applications.
2.How did you first get involved in coding?
I started with scripting for an IRC client on Windows, mIRC. I wanted to customize the default behaviour, add features, and be able to create something.
3.What advice would you give aspiring web developers?

Practice, and avoid copy pasting from solution you found on the Web! You will be good by trying, failing, learning, and by continuing to create sites or applications.
4.Which individuals do you most admire in the tech world and why?
If I have to choose one, I would say Jeffrey Zeldman. I like Web Standards, and Jeffrey is the Godfather of Web Standards. I also like he can manage to have a Web design business, started A List Apart, a Book Apart, an Event Apart, and still find time to speak at conferences. I saw one of his talks, and it’s always insightful.
5.If you could have 3 famous people round for dinner (living or dead) who would it be?
Mickael Jackson, because I’m a big music fan, and he is still the king of pop. Tim Berners-Lee because the Web is an entire part of my life. The last one would be Matt Groening because of Spider Pig, heu, I mean, The Simpsons.
6.Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses? Explain your reasoning.
I would prefer to fight one horse-sized duck as there me be a way for me to defeat it or at least… I would be able to run! With 100 ducks, they can team-up together to defeat me, and it may be harder to run…
7. What are you most looking forward to at Web & PHP Con?
People! It’s always the part of a conference I’m constantly looking for. I like to watch amazing presentations, and share my passion with others, but for me, connecting with people, and creating new relationship it’s amazing.


Frédéric will be at Web & PHP Con presenting two sessions: Responsive Web Design, get the best of your design and Mobile First. Remember, you can see him and all our other great speakers absolutely FREE! Just make sure to register for your place.


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